Governments are run by humans who have sympathies and moods. The study of leaders’ personalities, albeit not widespread, is an important tool for foreign policy analysis. Plus, friendship is a feeling that decision-makers like to express for each other. This paper analyses the activity of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s three times premier, who has made ‘friendship’ a central tenet of his personal foreign policy. Three cases are considered, namely, Berlusconi’s relationship with George W. Bush, Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin. The paper concludes that his friendship-based foreign policy has somehow worked; but, because he decided to ignore Italy’s structural constraints in the international arena, he ended up wasting opportunities and resources.

With Friends Like These: Foreign Policy as Personal Relationship / Giacomello G.; Ferrari F.; Amadori A.. - In: CONTEMPORARY POLITICS. - ISSN 1356-9775. - STAMPA. - 15:(2009), pp. 247-264.

With Friends Like These: Foreign Policy as Personal Relationship

GIACOMELLO, GIAMPIERO;FERRARI, FEDERICA;
2009

Abstract

Governments are run by humans who have sympathies and moods. The study of leaders’ personalities, albeit not widespread, is an important tool for foreign policy analysis. Plus, friendship is a feeling that decision-makers like to express for each other. This paper analyses the activity of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s three times premier, who has made ‘friendship’ a central tenet of his personal foreign policy. Three cases are considered, namely, Berlusconi’s relationship with George W. Bush, Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin. The paper concludes that his friendship-based foreign policy has somehow worked; but, because he decided to ignore Italy’s structural constraints in the international arena, he ended up wasting opportunities and resources.
2009
With Friends Like These: Foreign Policy as Personal Relationship / Giacomello G.; Ferrari F.; Amadori A.. - In: CONTEMPORARY POLITICS. - ISSN 1356-9775. - STAMPA. - 15:(2009), pp. 247-264.
Giacomello G.; Ferrari F.; Amadori A.
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